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Anita Manning and Raj Bisram travel around East Anglia hunting for treasures to take to auction in Beeston, Norfolk.


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It's the nation's favourite antiques experts.

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That's cracking.

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With £200 each...

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Wonderful.

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..a classic car and a goal - to scour Britain for antiques.

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-That's exactly what I'm talking about.

-I'm all of a shiver!

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The aim? To make the biggest profit at auction, but it's no mean feat.

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-No brainer.

-Going, going, gone.

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There'll be worthy winners and valiant losers.

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So, will it be the high road to glory...

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-Push!

-..or the slow road to disaster?

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How awfully, awfully nice.

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This is Antiques Road Trip!

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Yeah!

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Today, we witness the blossoming of a brand-new road trip

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relationship for two antiquos.

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Anita Manning and Raj Bisram.

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Raj, the sun is shining, the sky is blue.

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-Are you ready for a new adventure?

-I certainly am.

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Good-oh.

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Anita is the road trip queen bee, with a passion for Scottish art

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and, of course, jewellery.

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Who could resist rummaging through lot there?

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Raj is a relative Road Trip newbie,

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but as a former army fitness instructer and champion skier,

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he takes the competition very seriously.

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We're moving in for the kill now.

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Blimey. They'll be cruising the country

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in this rather snazzy 1978 Triumph Spitfire.

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Tell me what you think about the car?

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A friend of mine had cars like this,

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but what I don't remember is how small they are inside.

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Maybe you're bigger now, Raj?

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Yeah, well, you weren't going to mention that. OK?

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Ha! Anita and Raj begin their journey with £200 each.

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Departing from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,

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they'll explore Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex,

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then head south, to Kent, Surrey and Sussex,

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before finishing at their final auction, in Bolton, Lancashire.

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Phew. But the very first calling point

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is at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire,

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with their opening auction taking them to Beeston in Norfolk.

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-Have you been to Norfolk before?

-I've been to Norfolk before

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and I love, I absolutely love, East Anglia.

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I love the flatness of it, because, for me, it's so unusual.

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One thing I do know is that they have this saying in Norfolk,

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when you want to have a chat, they say, "let's have a mardle".

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-A mardle?

-A mardle.

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So, let's have a mardle!

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Save your margling for Norfolk,

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as the first stop today is in the capital of the Fens,

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Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.

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A charming market town graced with gorgeous Georgian architecture.

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Well, well, well, here we are.

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You've got a pocket full of money.

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-Wish me luck, Anita.

-Good luck, darling.

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-OK. Oh, lovely!

-See you later.

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Granny's Cupboard Antiques

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has been running for 30 years and is owned by Richard.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello.

-Hi, Richard, isn't it?

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-Hi, I'm Raj.

-Nice to meet you.

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It's so lovely to come into a shop full of antiques, proper antiques!

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Richard specialises in small antiques,

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sourcing them from walk-in customers,

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house clearances and from his travels.

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That's an unusual pattern, Richard, for Doulton?

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I haven't seen...I don't think I've seen this pattern before.

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No, it's not one I've come across, either.

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-Is it just the one or is there a pair?

-I think it's a single.

-Yeah.

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Well, I mean, I would think it would definitely have been made as a pair,

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but it's still very, very unusual.

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Royal Doulton have produced countless collections

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over its 200-year reign,

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but one of a pair will not be as profitable as the two.

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Not a problem, though, because there's plenty on offer in here.

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Have you got any bits of jewellery, Richard?

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There's a few bits I've actually just been pricing up.

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That's a nice silver bit of Art Nouveau, enamelled.

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-Quite like that.

-Yeah.

-That's a nice piece of jewellery, isn't it?

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This is a really lovely piece of Art Nouveau jewellery.

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It's a really nice little brooch,

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it's got mother of pearl in it and I really like the design.

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There's £28 on the ticket.

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What could you do that for, Richard, please?

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-24.

-24.

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Could I get you down to a nice round 20?

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-No.

-Ha!

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No? Fair enough. Can we split the difference at 22?

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-We can.

-We have a deal.

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22. I've got my first item on this trip.

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Speaking of jewellery, the doyenne of all things shiny and silver

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is whizzing around Cambridgeshire in the Spitfire, while we speak.

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Raj is a lovely guy

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and I wonder what his tactics are going to be?

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Is he going to spend big

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or is he going to be careful at the beginning?

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Well, I suppose it all depends

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on what's there in front of you in the shop.

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But it seems Raj's tactic is doing as Anita does.

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1930s ladies purse.

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It's in excellent condition.

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These actually have become quite collectable these days.

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If I can get that at the right price,

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that's definitely a little buy.

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Anita would be very pleased with me.

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With no price on the label, it's back to Richard.

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-It's quite nice condition.

-It's very good condition, isn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Very, very cheap.

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-You can't argue that price.

-No, I can't, no.

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-I'm not even going to ask for any discount.

-No!

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-What could it be?

-It could be a tenner.

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-You can't go wrong with that.

-It's a sale.

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Raj has found himself an Art Nouveau brooch and an early 20th century

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ladies' purse for £32.

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Thank you very much for being patient with me

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-and let's hope I do well on these items.

-Let's hope so.

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If not, I'll be back.

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Still in Wisbech,

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Anita's here to find out about one of Britain's forgotten heroes,

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whose pioneering work transformed human rights

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across the world for good.

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Wisbech and Fenland Museum chairman

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Richard Barnwell is here to tell Anita more.

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-Hello, Richard.

-Anita, welcome.

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It's wonderful to be in Wisbech,

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in front of this magnificent memorial to Thomas Clarkson,

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the great slave abolitionist.

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In the 18th century, Britain was embroiled in the transatlantic trade

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triangle, exchanging goods for slaves from Africa,

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who were then shipped to America

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and traded for produce to be brought back home.

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Britain's economy prospered,

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as millions died and others endured barbaric conditions.

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Very few were fully aware of the true cost of the slave trade,

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so local lad Thomas Clarkson

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vowed to spread the message and put an end to this inhumanity.

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Thomas went to St John's College, Cambridge, in the 1780s.

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And the topic was, for a prize essay,

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"Is It Lawful To Make A Slave Of Others Against Their Will?2

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And Thomas won this prize essay

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and he decided there and then to make it his life's work

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to abolish slavery.

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So, tell me, what was the scale of the slave trade at that time?

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Various contemporary estimates say that in the 18th century there was

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something like three million Africans

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were transported from Africa to the West Indies,

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so it was an enormous problem.

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Overall, it is estimated that up to 30 million Africans were forced into

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slavery across the American continent

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between the 15th and 19th centuries.

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Spurred on by what he discovered in 1787,

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Clarkson began touring the country,

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gathering more evidence to take to his newly-established committee

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to abolish the slave trade.

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All the work and all the information that was collated was collected

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by Thomas, riding round the countryside.

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It's said he rode over 35,000 miles on horseback.

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Who was he talking to, Richard,

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to get all this information together?

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He was visiting the great slaving ports at the time,

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which would be Bristol, Liverpool and London.

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And he was talking to the seamen

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about their experiences on the ships.

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Clarkson amassed over 20,000 sailors' testimonies

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to back up his cause.

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He carried a chest everywhere he went, collecting interesting,

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useful and, most crucially, valuable goods

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from Africa, to show that Britain could trade in products,

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rather than people.

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This chest, that helped change history,

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is now on proud display in the museum.

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So, Anita, here we have the raw cotton here,

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the loom and, then, the thread,

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which the Africans were able to make fine textiles.

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We have, obviously, ivory here,

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and probably, most important, were the spices,

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which were, of course, unknown in England, at that time.

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Yeah. What this did was humanise

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the slaves who were being used.

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Absolutely.

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Clarkson's crusade became the first mass public protest campaign

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in history. 20 years after he began,

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with the help of influential MP, William Wilberforce,

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the slave trade was abolished in the British Empire.

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It was the first of many acts around the world,

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and a huge victory for the movement.

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So what was Thomas Clarkson's legacy?

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Well, I think perhaps his most important legacy

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is that the abolition movement,

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at the end of the 18th century amd into the 19th century,

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gave rise, in later generations,

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to the formation of the human rights movement,

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and, of course, that is so important in our world still today,

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to recognise that we have a responsibility

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towards other nations and newer generations,

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as much as recognising what was done in the past.

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Richard, this has been a most amazing story.

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-So thank you so much...

-Thank you for coming.

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-..for sharing it with me.

-A great pleasure.

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Thomas Clarkson died in 1846,

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but this Wisbech man should forever

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be celebrated for his tremendous triumph for human rights,

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in one of the most significant achievements in world history.

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Raj, meanwhile, has made his way south of Wisbech, to Littleport,

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just outside Ely, which lies on the River Great Ouse.

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Raj is here to check out a relatively-new antiques haven,

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run by Andrew. Hi, Andrew.

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-Hello, Andrew.

-Hello, Raj.

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The Salvage And Trading Post

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has a plethora of antique collectable and vintage treats

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for Raj to check out.

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Well, this is a very, very unusual piece.

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It's an artificial horizon gadget.

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There are lots of militaria collectors all over the world.

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It's one of the biggest growing markets that there is.

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But what makes it valuable, is it's off a Spitfire.

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Things like that would fetch really good money.

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But it's proving it's off a Spitfire.

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And, to be honest, I have no idea.

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It says: "Do not jar, handle like eggs."

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Lovely bit of kit.

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Collectors can be picky about provenance and, without proof,

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he's probably right to give it a miss.

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Here we have a 19th-Century copper warming pan.

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But these are something that have gone down in value

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over the last ten years, dramatically.

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These all used to fetch between £50 and £100.

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This one is only £14.

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It's unbelievable.

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Gosh! We're moving in for the kill now.

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Look out!

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Andrew. I wonder, could I have a look at some of the things

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in your cabinet, please?

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Is there anything in particular, Raj?

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I'd like to see the butter knife.

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Cheese scoop, as you call it.

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That's an unusual thing.

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It is. Unfortunately, the box is damaged on that,

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but, as you rightly say, the scoop is an unusual one.

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This is like a butter knife, but with a little horn handle.

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Yes. Yes, I think the collar is actually silver hallmarked,

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-and it's "Sheffield, 1906."

-Hmm.

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Are the rest of them hallmarked, as well?

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-No, I believe the others are plate.

-Yeah.

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What could you do this for?

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Well, the ticket price is 38.

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I'm prepared to say £30?

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It's a bit too tight for me.

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-I'll take 25.

-OK.

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Well, let me put it there for the moment, OK, if I can?

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And just think about that.

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Andrew thinks he's got something else to Raj's taste.

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This is the 101st edition of the Streeter & Co.

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As I understand it, it's actually a gold leaf illustration,

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which is...

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-..quite a rare...

-It's a lovely little book.

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This was originally a shop in London, in Bond Street.

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And they sold really good quality jewellery

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and small artefacts and this is basically their catalogue.

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The illustrations are gorgeous. You'd absolutely love it.

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How much have you got on this?

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165.

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Hmm.

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Yeah, if I were to buy these two items...

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If I were to say £60 for the two.

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£60 for two?

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I'm not going to argue with you at all, Andrew.

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-I'm going to shake your hand.

-Thank you, Raj.

-60? Fantastic.

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Very well done.

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So, that's two cracking gems for Raj. A 1940s butter knife,

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cheese slice and pickle fork set

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and a rather unusual jewellers' gems' book,

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both for £30 each.

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20, 30, 40, 50, 60.

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Thank you, Raj. I wish you all the luck.

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Thank you very much, indeed.

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Back to Anita now, and she's tootled to Tottenhill, near King's Lynn,

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for her first shop of the trip, run by Jane.

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-Hi.

-Hello.

-I'm Anita.

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Hello, Anita, so pleased that you're here.

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And it's lovely, lovely, lovely to be here.

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-I look around and everything looks beautiful.

-Thank you.

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The Antiques Emporium has a rather fine collection of goods,

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but, as usual, the cabinets are calling Anita.

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These pieces of agate, or pebbles,

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are found in the streams and beaches of Scotland.

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They were collected and taken down to the New Town in Edinburgh

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and polished and made into these lovely brooches and bracelets.

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And this, it's a little pillbox.

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Isn't that bonnie? Look at this striped agate here.

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The colours are wonderful.

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I was hoping that it might be gold, but it's not gold.

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This probably dates from the late 19th, early 20th century.

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But it's still functional in our modern days today.

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One to consider?

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And what we have here is a little miniature chamber candlestick.

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It's pretty.

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The handle, the base, the tub here,

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all have a very nice detail.

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Any more?

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Now, this chain here is really what we will call, perhaps,

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a fancy link chain.

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But it's the type of thing that...

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a Victorian gentleman would wear.

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This would go through his buttonhole here

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and this very nice fob here, with the citrine glass stone,

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would sit outside.

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I really like this one because it's quite unusual.

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And I would like to have a go at it.

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This chain is known as an Albert, named after Prince Albert,

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who wore this style of watch chain in the early 19th century.

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Anita has a few options, so it's time to find Jane.

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Jane, I've found three things which I liked.

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-OK.

-But there's one thing that has intrigued me.

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-Right.

-And it's this thing here.

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-Right.

-I believe that it is something

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that they used to use for spooning out and stirring pig swill.

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Pig swill? Right. Not porridge?

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Or porridge!

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-I'm going to call it a porridge stirrer.

-OK.

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-How much is that?

-I think we could do £20 on that.

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Could you do those...

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The three, the porridge stirrer and the two wee...

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yellow metal things for 40 quid?

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Both the pillbox and the Albert chain are marked up at £30 each.

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Oh, you're pushing me there, Anita!

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Well, just say "no" and throw me out of the door.

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Could we say...50?

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£50 for the three things?

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-Yeah.

-Put it there.

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Thank you.

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And Anita's bagged herself a Victorian Albert,

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or watch chain, for £20,

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an agate pillbox for 25

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and a four-foot rustic wooden spoon for £5.

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-I'll place them in there really carefully.

-Hi-ho, hi-ho...

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..it's off to auction I go.

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Good luck, Anita!

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Such a stirrer. But, for now, it's home to bed, you two.

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Nighty-night.

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It's a new day and our experts are back, tearing around

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in the Triumph Spitfire.

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There's a bit of a rattling noise here.

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-There is, to be honest.

-Is that your old bones?

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It's either my old bones or it's this car.

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I'm a bit worried about it.

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Either way, I'd be worried.

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Yesterday, Raj managed to bag himself an Art Nouveau brooch,

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a ladies' purse, a butter knife,

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cheese slice and pickle fork set and a rare jeweller's book for £92,

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leaving him £108 to play with.

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I love these two things.

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Anita's spent a quarter of the budget on an Albert,

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or watch chain...

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..an agate pillbox and a four-foot wooden spoon,

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arming her with £150 to spend today.

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Ah, you've got to take a chance every now and again, haven't you?

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So, how are they getting on?

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I'm thoroughly enjoying myself, so far. You're fantastic company,

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-I have to say.

-Oh...

-You really are.

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So far, it's been fantastic.

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Oh, bless.

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With the auction in Beeston in sight,

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this perky pair must first head to the next destination,

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Fakenham in Norfolk.

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Do you like the wind in your hair, Raj?

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I...

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I love the wind in my hair.

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Hey, a bit below the belt, Anita!

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The historic market town of Fakenham

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lies on the River Wensum

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and grew in the 19th century, due to its expanding printing industry.

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Anita's here to call at Fakenham Antiques And Collectables,

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run by Sandy. Look out.

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-Good morning, Anita.

-Hi.

-How are you?

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The business has been running for 45 years.

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Straight to the glass cabinets this time.

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There's a surprise.

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And this time, it's colour that's pulling my eye.

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These are 1930s napkin rings.

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They're made of Bakelite.

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They do have that vintage look

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that young people are looking for today.

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Now, this is a set of six here and I quite like them.

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They're priced at £28.

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It's a wee bit dear to sell at auction,

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but I may be able to do a deal with Sandy on that.

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But Anita's not ready to commit just yet - oh, no.

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Colourful and beautiful ceramics are irresistible.

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This vase is made by Moorcroft.

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This one was made in 2007.

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This is the decorator's design,

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Emma Bossons, so, although it's not an old one,

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it is an antique of the future.

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This is called tube lining.

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It's like the icing on a cake.

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Now, this is priced at...

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..£320.

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That's a wee bit too steep for my budget, at the moment,

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but that's a lot cheaper

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than you would buy it, if you were buying it new

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and it possibly could be an investment for the future.

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Vases like this can retail at upwards of £400,

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but Anita's still got her eye on those napkin rings.

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I like these, I think they're quite stylish.

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-They're pretty, aren't they?

-Yes.

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-I think that this is perhaps been part of a bigger set...

-Set, yeah.

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..because I would have liked more variety in the colours,

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because we've got three green ones there.

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I could do them for 18.

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-Could we do them for 18?

-Yeah.

-Let's go for it.

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So, that's £18 for the 1930s Bakelite napkin rings.

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Straight in her pocket.

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-It's been lovely being here.

-Lovely having you, Anita.

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-Bye-bye.

-Bye-bye now.

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Meanwhile, Raj is travelling ten miles north,

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towards the attractive town of Wells-next-the-Sea,

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so-called due to its historic proximity to fresh springs.

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Get it?

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Landscape's very, very flat.

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It's a little bit like Kent, where I'm from,

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but this is obviously much flatter.

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Raj is heading to a magnificent stately home, to learn about

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an agricultural pioneer

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whose ground-breaking techniques helped form the future

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of Britain's farming industry.

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Raj is here to meet Holkham Hall's manager, Sharon Cheshire.

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-Hello, Raj.

-Hi, Sharon.

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What a fantastic place!

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It's quite impressive, isn't it?

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Soon after Holkham was built,

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the population soared and demand for food was growing,

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calling for what some say was an agricultural revolution.

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This neo-classical mansion

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was at the heart of this innovative agricultural transformation.

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Wow. What an amazing portrait of the man.

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Done by Gainsborough, as well.

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Yeah. Thomas William Cook, Cook of Norfolk.

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The man who took over Holkham Hall.

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He inherited it at the end of the 17th century.

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It was about 30,000 acres at that time

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and it was already a well-running and well-developed estate,

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but because the things were being planted year after year,

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the crops were starting to deteriorate.

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So he knew that, to take the estate forward,

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he would have to look at new methods of developing the land.

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A century earlier, British statesman Charles Townshend

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developed a crop rotation system, whereby weeds, turnips,

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barley and clover were cultivated in succession,

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preventing soil exhaustion

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and earning him the moniker, "Turnip Townsend".

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Cook built on that idea and other revolutionary techniques,

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such as cross-breeding animals, to improve quality and seed drilling,

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introducing them to Holkham.

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There was lots of tenant farmers on the estate

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and each ran their own areas,

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but he encouraged them to sign documents to say they would stick

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with his plan, so that they would all work together.

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And obviously, having a house like this, where you can have

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amazing parties, bringing all those people in, does help.

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Despite also working as an MP for Norfolk,

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charismatic Cook invested time,

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energy and money in expanding Holkham's farming and reputation.

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This is a very elaborate trophy.

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Beautiful engraving on it.

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-Holkham Sheep Show.

-Yeah.

-Yeah. It would have been one of the trophies

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given for the breeding of cattle.

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Each year, Cook hosted three-day shearing events,

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a forerunner of county shows.

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Well, this is another first for me.

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These events attract people from across the nation to share their

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expertise, learn from others

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and win prizes for the best animals on the show.

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There was even a trophy for the fastest shearer.

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Can I let you finish it off?

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Probably for the best. Has it still got any legs?

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I hope I wasn't too baa-d!

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Oh, dear.

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The care and passion Cook showed for agricultural development meant that,

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after his death in 1842, his tenants funded a memorial in his honour.

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Sharon, tell me about this amazing monument.

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The monument is 120 feet high with various symbols and plaques going

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around it, that basically tell a story of what he was involved in

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throughout his life. Part of its represents his political career,

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but it's mostly about what he achieved in agriculture.

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From selective breeding in animals,

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to improving crop rotation techniques,

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over 170 years after Thomas William Cook's death,

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his principles are still being used and the impact of his

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ground-breaking achievements live on.

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Back with Anita again, who's ventured inland to Holt,

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The area suffered a great fire in the early 18th century,

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forcing a major rebuilding work

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and turning it into the stunning Georgian town we see today.

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Anita is here to visit an old haunt, owned by Mandy.

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-Ah, Mandy!

-Hello!

-It's lovely to be back again...

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-Nice to see you again.

-..to your antiques centre.

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Mandy's been at Shire Hall Lane Antiques Centre

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for five years now, and as Anita's trod on these boards before,

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she knows her way around.

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Raj, how's your blood pressure?

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Cheeky!

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The centre has nine showrooms, home to 20 different dealers.

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They specialise in period furniture,

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but there are plenty of antiques and collectables to boot.

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So Anita should be in heaven.

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Wow!

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It's a Concorde for kids!

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Isn't this the most marvellous, unusual kids' car

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that you could ever see?

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£95 for that streamlined piece of machinery.

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That's cracking.

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Anita's already bought one big wooden lump on this lake,

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so it's off to find something a little more Manning-esque.

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I love figure groups. I love sculpture.

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And I'm sort of drawn to this figure group here.

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It's of, I would imagine, two sisters here

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from maybe the '20s or the '30s,

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and they've got that characteristic short bobbed hair.

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It's made of plaster.

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So it's not a fine thing, but it has this lovely,

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lovely terracotta colour here,

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which I find very appealing.

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If we look at it, we've got a wee bit of damage there,

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a little foot has been off.

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And there's a bit of damage on the toe there.

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It's only £28.

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Oh, Mandy!

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Yes?

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Mandy, I've been drawn to this little figure group here.

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OK.

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It reminds me of me and my sister,

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and we had both these bob haircuts when we were young.

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Are you able to do anything about the price?

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-How does 22 sound?

-22?

-Yes.

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Mm-hm. Could it be bought at 20?

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-Go on, you've twisted my arm.

-OK, that's great.

-Is that all right?

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-Thank you very, very much.

-No problem.

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So that's an even 20 for a terracotta figure group

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of two sisters, without a toe.

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-Thank you again.

-Thanks, bye-bye.

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Now, it's back to Raj again,

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who's joined Anita in Holt

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to check out Mews Antiques Emporium, run by Andrew.

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-Hello, there.

-Hello, Raj.

-Andrew, isn't it?

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-Yes.

-Nice to meet you.

-And you.

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There's lots of rooms here, I think.

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Yes, you're very welcome. There's eight rooms upstairs.

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Spread over two floors,

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this antiques collectables and vintage store has

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lots of nooks and crannies for Raj to explore. Going down?

0:28:490:28:54

Well, I've got about £100 left.

0:28:540:28:56

And I really want to make a good profit.

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I'm happy to spend it all, but I've got to find the right thing.

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Go on, then, do it!

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Here's a lovely old tennis racket.

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The ones that, really, you should be looking for are the fish tail ones.

0:29:170:29:21

The handle is just like a fish tail,

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and those are really highly collectable.

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And continuing his sporting theme...

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Here we have a nice old golf club as well.

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And this is one of the collectable ones,

0:29:330:29:35

because the Scottish early makers are the really collectable ones.

0:29:350:29:39

A nice old hickory-shafted iron.

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But like Anita, Raj is drifting towards those cabinets again!

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-Andrew.

-Yes? I wonder, is it possible I could have a look

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-at that silver picture frame there?

-Yes, of course.

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-A nice frame.

-It is a lovely, lovely frame, but

0:29:530:29:56

-the silver...

-It's such a shame...

-..is missing, because that is a beautiful frame.

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In perfect condition, a frame like this could make upwards of £100.

0:29:590:30:04

This damaged frame, though, has a ticket price of £49.

0:30:040:30:08

But Raj wants Andrew to see if the dealer can do any better.

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Nice tulips.

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Your silver frame, which has got a small amount of damage on

0:30:120:30:15

the right bottom there,

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the cost is £49.

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What's the best we can do on that one?

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OK. Yeah, I understand. Thank you very much.

0:30:220:30:25

Time to break the news to Raj.

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-What did he manage to say?

-Well, 35.

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Is that the very best?

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Well, the very, very best would be 30.

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30? I'm going to shake your hand.

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30, we have a deal.

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So that's £30 for the 1920s silver photo frame.

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-Thank you very much again, Andrew.

-Thank you.

-A pleasure.

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Where's the tulips gone? Oh, there they are. Good. And shopping's complete!

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So let's have a little peek at the purchases.

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Including his frame, Raj shelled out £122 on an Art Nouveau brooch,

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a ladies' cloth purse, a butter knife, cheese slice and pickle fork set,

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as you do, and a rare gems book.

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Anita spent £88 on an Albert guard chain,

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an agate pillbox,

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a giant wooden spoon,

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a set of Bakelite napkin rings and a terracotta figure of two sisters,

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one missing a toe.

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I'm wondering if Raj has been influenced by me

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in the things that he's bought,

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because there is definitely a feminine influence there.

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We have that lovely wee brooch,

0:31:320:31:35

silver and enamel is always wonderful.

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The metal pillbox.

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Nice little thing, very collectable, right up Anita's street,

0:31:410:31:45

-could do well.

-But my favourite item

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is that wonderful gems book,

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with those coloured and gilt illustrations.

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That's a valuable little piece of history

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for anyone who's interested in jewellery.

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I think the wooden spoon's going to do really well.

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I think this would cause quite a stir.

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Oh, lordy.

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And whizzing away from Wisbech,

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our experts are now cruising their way through the Norfolk countryside,

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headed for their first auction in Beeston.

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Well, Anita, here we are,

0:32:210:32:23

first auction day, the sun is shining,

0:32:230:32:26

it's a little bit nippy, what do you think's going to happen today?

0:32:260:32:29

A little bit nippy?

0:32:290:32:31

It's freezing!

0:32:310:32:33

I'm sure you must be really warm

0:32:330:32:36

under that absolutely fabulous bonnet.

0:32:360:32:39

Well, as you can tell, the hair isn't doing it.

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It's round one of Bisram versus Manning and it's all to play for.

0:32:430:32:47

I don't like losing, but...

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if I lose to you, I'll be losing to the far better person.

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Let's see if he's just as relaxed when they are three auctions in.

0:32:540:32:59

-Well...

-Here we are.

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Here we are, Anita.

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The first auction.

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Exciting, darling, exciting!

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The family-run Townsend Auction Galleries

0:33:100:33:13

have been open for 20 years.

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Their antiques, fine art and jewellery sale today

0:33:150:33:18

will be led by veteran auctioneer David Palmer.

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My favourite item is the wooden spoon, it's brilliant.

0:33:210:33:24

It has a presence.

0:33:240:33:26

This is a spoon that appeals to this county.

0:33:260:33:29

The 1920s French purse,

0:33:290:33:32

this was created before the French became fashionable and chic.

0:33:320:33:36

It looks to me as though someone has chopped a bit out of an old sofa and

0:33:360:33:39

used that. The terracotta figure group is the bete noire,

0:33:390:33:42

I think, of this group.

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It's just plain bizarre and hideous.

0:33:440:33:48

The Streeter & Co book, this is wonderful.

0:33:480:33:51

I think this is the star lot. It's not just words,

0:33:510:33:54

you have pictures, so it appeals to far more people.

0:33:540:33:57

Interesting thoughts, there.

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Time to see whether the auction-goers of Norfolk agree.

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There's internet bidding here, too. So it could get exciting.

0:34:030:34:07

Here we are, darling.

0:34:070:34:09

The moment of the moments of truth!

0:34:090:34:12

First auction.

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First up is Anita's Albert guard chain.

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A rather nice piece, this.

0:34:180:34:20

Appreciated much in Scotland, I believe these items are.

0:34:210:34:24

Ten, 12, 15, 18, 20.

0:34:240:34:27

22, 25, 28, 30 over here. 30.

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At £30 now. 35, 38, 40.

0:34:300:34:34

40 in the room.

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The room at 40. In the room at 40 now...

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Are you back in? I'll take your two, sir. He'll gives you a kiss!

0:34:380:34:44

-42.

-£2 for a kiss!

0:34:440:34:46

That is that at 42.

0:34:460:34:48

An incredible profit, straight off the blocks.

0:34:520:34:55

-Doubled my money.

-You doubled your money and more.

0:34:550:34:59

No pressure on Raj, then, for his Art Nouveau brooch up next.

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Oh, wonderful lot!

0:35:060:35:08

Wonderful, wonderful lot, this is!

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Tenner for it? Ten for it. Ten, 12, 15.

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At 15... 18, 20 22,

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at 22. 25, 28, 30, 30, 32 over here.

0:35:170:35:22

32, 35.

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Keep it going! 40. 45, 50, 55.

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60, stick with it, go 60.

0:35:290:35:31

60. And five again, 65.

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At 65, here in front at 65.

0:35:340:35:36

70, 75.

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It's in the room at 75, are you back in at 80?

0:35:380:35:41

-80, over there at 80.

-Could be, could be, could be.

0:35:410:35:45

I sell the far end at 80.

0:35:450:35:46

All done at 80.

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-Hooray!

-Thank you!

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Crikey Moses, Raj has almost quadrupled his money

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on his first item!

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£80, that is brilliant.

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Can Raj's butter knife set do just as well?

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A tenner for it? Straight in at 10. Tenner bid, at ten, take two.

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12, 15, 18, 20, 22,

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22, 25,

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28, over there at 28 now.

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30, back at 30.

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32, 32.

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All done at £32.

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It's not a profit after auction costs, sadly.

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-Still a profit.

-You have to be grateful it's a profit.

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Next up is Anita's agate pillbox.

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Ten, 12, 15, 18, over there at 18.

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20, 22, 25, 28, 30.

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They're going, they're going!

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35 here.

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38. 40, 45? 40.

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It's 45, new money at 45.

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50, and again 55?

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-55.

-Wow!

-60. 65?

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At 60, I sell against you at 60.

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-65!

-Yes!

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I sell then at £65.

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-Wow, that is a...

-I'm happy with that!

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I mean, who wouldn't be? Anita's more than doubled her money again.

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Fantastic, fantastic!

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Now we're back for Raj and his silver frame.

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30, and £30 now, take a two.

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32, 35, 38.

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38, and 40.

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40. 45, at 45, stick with it, madam.

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At 45, 50!

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Stick with it, 55? At 55, make him pay, madam!

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At 55, are you in at 60?

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-Don't give in now!

-60!

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65? At 65 now?

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At £65, all gone at 65.

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Raj has more than doubled his money, too.

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What an auction, eh?

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And that was the one that we were worried about.

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Next it's Anita's terracotta figure group.

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Auctioneer David wasn't keen.

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Let's hope the buyers disagree.

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-Fingers crossed.

-Tenner for it?

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Tenner bid, ten, 12. 15, I've got. 18 off you.

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18, over there at 18 now.

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And I sell it at 18, 20.

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At 20. 22 now, at the back at 22.

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Back of the room at 22.

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All done at £22.

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After auction costs, that's a small loss for Anita.

0:38:330:38:36

I'm disappointed.

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I shouldn't be, but I am disappointed.

0:38:390:38:41

-I am, that was worth more!

-Well.

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Let's see if Raj's ladies' purse can do any better.

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Auctioneer David didn't hold out much hope.

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Ten. I've got ten in the room.

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Further bid off the net. At ten, take two, 12.

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15? Are you all together?

0:38:570:38:59

15 with her, then, 18 off you.

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15 the lady. 18, 20.

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22 down here.

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25, 30, lady at 30.

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On the sofa at 30, selling at 30.

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Crikey! Raj is on fire today with his fourth consecutive profit.

0:39:140:39:18

You've trebled your blooming money!

0:39:180:39:20

Let's see if Anita can do the same

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with her rather jazzy Bakelite napkin rings.

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20, 22, 25.

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25? 28, 30,

0:39:290:39:32

30. 32, 35. 35.

0:39:320:39:36

38, 40, 45.

0:39:360:39:38

At 45, one more will get it.

0:39:380:39:41

-Just one more and you'll get it.

-Come on!

0:39:410:39:43

50, there at 50.

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At 50, you sure?

0:39:450:39:47

Standing at the back at 50, no one else?

0:39:470:39:48

Done and finished at 50.

0:39:480:39:50

-Yes!

-That's it, 50. Brilliant, well done.

0:39:510:39:54

Crikey, it could be a close call, this one.

0:39:540:39:58

I've still got my star lot to come!

0:39:580:40:02

It's all down to the two last items,

0:40:020:40:04

the first of which is Anita's giant spoon.

0:40:040:40:07

I can't wait for this!

0:40:070:40:09

Start me at a tenner. Ten, I'm bid.

0:40:090:40:11

At ten, take two, ten, 12.

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At 12 now, 15, 18, 20, 22, 20 over there.

0:40:130:40:17

22? 25.

0:40:170:40:19

28, 30, 32?

0:40:190:40:21

35, 35 here. 38? 38.

0:40:210:40:24

40, 45,

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at 40, the bids are at 40.

0:40:270:40:28

-It's worth more than that!

-This is cheap! At 40.

0:40:280:40:31

Come on, it's worth more than that, look at the size of it!

0:40:310:40:34

45. 42, 45,

0:40:340:40:37

over at 45. Make it 48?

0:40:370:40:39

Go 48, she'll go 50, you know she will.

0:40:390:40:42

46, now 50.

0:40:430:40:45

With the lady at 50.

0:40:450:40:46

I'm selling at 50, I'll take the two again.

0:40:460:40:50

At 50, done at 50.

0:40:500:40:52

That's good, well done.

0:40:560:40:58

Last but not least is Raj's beautiful gems book.

0:40:590:41:02

It's auctioneer David's top pick.

0:41:020:41:04

So can Raj make it five profits in a row?

0:41:040:41:07

20, 25, 30, 35, 40...

0:41:070:41:12

There's more bidders at the back.

0:41:120:41:14

60, 65, 70, 75, 80...

0:41:140:41:18

75, I sell...

0:41:180:41:20

80, 85.

0:41:200:41:23

At 85... 90 over here.

0:41:230:41:25

95?

0:41:250:41:26

At 90. It's in the room at 90.

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Net, where are you now?

0:41:280:41:31

95. 100, room at 100.

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In the room at 100.

0:41:330:41:36

Look at that smile!

0:41:360:41:37

110, 120 room.

0:41:370:41:40

The internet's in as well.

0:41:400:41:42

140. Net?

0:41:420:41:45

Come on, net, 150.

0:41:450:41:48

Sir, don't let the net get it!

0:41:480:41:50

Goes then at 150, all done at £150 on the net.

0:41:500:41:54

-Wow!

-A good buy, well done!

0:41:550:41:59

My goodness, an unbelievable £120 profit.

0:41:590:42:02

Amazing job, Raj. You are a gem.

0:42:020:42:05

-Happy, happy, happy?

-Yeah.

0:42:050:42:08

-I like to see you happy!

-Happy, I'm a happy Raj, I'm a happy Raj.

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Anita began with £200, and after auction costs she's made £99.78,

0:42:110:42:18

leaving her with a lovely £299.78 to spend next time.

0:42:180:42:25

Raj started with the same amount and after taking auction costs into

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account, he made £170.74.

0:42:280:42:31

Giving him the lead with a staggering £370.74.

0:42:310:42:37

After you, Anita.

0:42:380:42:40

Raj, wasn't that fabulous?

0:42:400:42:44

Unbelievable! What a fantastic day.

0:42:440:42:46

-I know.

-A great auctioneer.

0:42:460:42:48

We made a profit on absolutely everything.

0:42:480:42:50

Wow, we've got plenty of money to go into the next leg.

0:42:500:42:53

We certainly have. Don't forget your seat belt.

0:42:530:42:57

-Forward, Macduff, forward.

-Go!

0:42:570:42:59

Toodle-pip! Next time, the East Anglian road trip continues...

0:42:590:43:03

We're on the road again!

0:43:030:43:05

..Raj Bisram thinks tactically...

0:43:050:43:07

I wonder if I could maybe put Anita in these?

0:43:070:43:09

..and Anita Manning negotiates hard.

0:43:090:43:12

Could you come down even a wee bit more?

0:43:120:43:14

Anita Manning and Raj Bisram, each armed with £200, take a 1973 Triumph Spitfire on a B-road romp around East Anglia hunting for treasures to take to auction in Beeston, Norfolk. Along the way, Anita uncovers the little-known story about a local hero, anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson, and Raj hears about an agricultural pioneer at the stunning Holkham Hall.